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Police clash with rappers over fake French hold-up

The makers of a rap video got more than they bargained for on Thursday when police near Paris intervened in what they thought was a real robbery.

Police clash with rappers over fake French hold-up
“It was like Baghdad," one witness said of the chaotic scenes. File photo: Dennis Skley/Flickr

The group were acting out a robbery of a grocery store in Pontault-Combault, south east of Paris, when police showed up, apparently believing the attack on the shop was the real deal, local newspaper La Marne reports.

Up until that point, the filming had played out smoothly, a witness told Le Parisien newspaper. “They were noisy, but they weren’t bothering anyone. Some had dogs with them.”

But the onlooker said the atmosphere grew tense when police officers arrived. Allegedly seeing a chance to improve their video, the rappers and their entourage ,around 60 people in total, began throwing stones at police.

Police responded by firing off flash-balls (non-lethal hand-held weapons) and mortar fire. Mortar fire was also heard, according to some reports 

Some 15 people were questionned over the incident but just one man, aged 24, was detained for breaking parole.

“It was like Baghdad,” said the witness who spoke to Le Parisien.

 


 

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PARIS

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

Paris police on Tuesday fished a man out of the Seine river, which he jumped into after he rammed a car into a Valentino store and robbed dozens of luxury handbags.

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

The 24-year-old suspect smashed into the store around 2am on the high-end Rue Saint-Honoré, a police source said.

He grabbed as many as 30 luxury handbags and other items before attempting to flee in the car.

The man then failed to stop when a police patrol gave chase after spotting him near the central Paris Opéra.

He abandoned the car on Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Elysées, the police source said, before plunging into the nearby river Seine.

But river police quickly fished him out and placed him under arrest.

A source familiar with the case said that the “entirety” of the stolen items had been found.

A second source told AFP that “around 30” handbags – which Valentino lists on its website at between €1,000 and €3,000 – were found in his car.

The suspect now faces an investigation for charges including aggravated robbery and refusal to comply with police, Paris prosecutors said.

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